Project Description

Why visiting the Keng Tung area?

  • To explore the culture and tradition of the local indigenous people
  • To hike into the hills and meet the friendly hill tribes
  • To appreciate the beauty of nature surrounding Keng Tung
  • To prove that you are an adventurer and responsible traveller
  • To try the local cuisines and exotic fruits
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Keng Tung is a fascinating destination for exploring the culture and tradition of the indigenous people such as the Lahu, Lahushi, Akha, Akhu, Shan, and others. The adventure trekking options around Keng Tung are almost endless. Choose from the list below which programmes you like and then write the tour code in your message to us. So easy to tailor-make your adventure trip!

Loimwe Trekking (Shan, Akha, Wa, and Lahu Villages) (About 2.5 Hours’ Trek)

Tour code – PNKT 01

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and be ready for today’s adventure. Around 9:00 AM, our guide will be in the lobby to start the journey to Loimwe, east of Keng Tung. It takes about one hour by car to get to Loimwe Hill Station which lies over 1,600 metre above sea level. The surrounding area is magnificent and enjoys a temperate climate. Once an outpost of the British, there remains many colonial buildings and even a Catholic church. The main attraction along the way to Loimwe is the scenery of terraced rice fields and rolling mountains. This area is home to mainly four tribes: the Akha, Shan, Lahu and the Wa people. After spending an exciting day with the local tribes, we return to Keng Tung where we will have dinner along the shores of Naung Tung Lake.

Lahu Shi Trekking (Kwi) (About 5 hours’ Trek)

Tour Code – PNKT 02

After breakfast at our hotel, we drive to the Lahu Shi villages to the west of Keng Tung. The drive from Keng Tung is about one hour to Kon Ma Village from where we will start our hike. Our hike goes through beautiful and quiet forests. We will feel the peace of nature along our uphill trek with beautiful views of the valleys until we reach the Lahu Shi villages at the top of the hills. The elevation of the first village is about 1,500 metre above sea level. We most likely will be invited into one of the many houses standing high on stilts. We will be joined by several villagers, mostly women, and kids. They will sit around us as the Chief makes us tea. We will share with them some biscuits we brought from Keng Tung and our hearts will melt to see these people enjoying our presence (and our biscuits). The kids in the Lahu Shi villages are totally adoring, friendly, and so photogenic. We will also walk around the village to meet more locals. After our goodbyes, we hike back to the car and may visit another tribal village. Afterwards, we return to Keng Tung and enjoy another pleasant dinner along the shores of Nong Tung Lake.

Adventure Trek to Pin Tauk Area (About 3-4 Hours’ Trek)

Tour code – PNKT 03

Pin Tauk, to the north of Keng Tung, is one of the most famous trekking destinations in the Keng Tung area. After breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, and we will drive north to the Pin Tauk trekking area. After about 45 minutes of driving, we will reach a Shan village where we will see how they distil the local rice-based alcohol which is popular in Shan State. Afterwards, we will continue to Pin Tauk Village and then on to Wan Pin Village. The trekking around Pin Tauk is beautiful and not a too strenuous hike. The tribes you will meet there are the Akha, and also the Ann at Pan Lea village. After visiting the villages and spending a good time with the locals, we walk back to the car and drive to Keng Tung where we will enjoy a lovely evening at one of the many restaurants along the shores of Nong Tung Lake.

Adventure Trek to Hokyin Area – Akha Villages (About 4-5 Hours’ Trek)

Tour code – PNKT 04

After breakfast, we will go to the busy local market to buy a few items for lunch at one of the villages. Our drive to Hokyin, southeast of Keng Tung, will take about 45 min to one hour to reach the Pankwai Hill where we will leave the car. From here it is about a 1-hour trek past green rice terraces to reach the first village. There are four Akha villages with different religions and beliefs. It is not far from one village to another, but some hikes are challenging. At the villages, we will experience the culture of the Akha people and learn about their beliefs and survival techniques. We will most likely have lunch in a local home in one of the Akha villages. A friendly lady will introduce us to her cooking on an open fire inside her hut. All veggies will be carefully washed and cut and skilfully fried in a wok. When ready, we will sit around a small table and enjoy a very interesting Akha lunch. We may be lucky to be served some local rice alcohol. After visiting these villages, we will return to Keng Tung and again have a sumptuous dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Adventure Trek to Kabar Aye (About 1-2 Hours’ Trek) Soft Trek

Tour code – PNKT 05

After breakfast, we will drive east of Keng Tung to Ka Bar Aye War Peace Pagoda Monastery with its stunning views over the area and its remarkable pagoda. It is a fairly short drive until we will meet the Akhu (or Akhe), Wan, Ann, and the Shan tribes. We will also spend some time with monks at the colourful Ko Yin Lay Monastery. The Akhu tribe we will visit in Wan Sai village is known for their pipe smoking ladies. They are one of the smallest and most interesting hill tribes in Shan State. The trekking is relatively easy in this area. After an exciting day with the tribes, we return to the car to drive back to Keng Tung for dinner and sleep.

Visiting around Keng Tung

Tour Code – PNKT 06

After breakfast, we will explore the town of Keng Tung, which includes the tall standing Buddha image, Long Tree Hill with its famous 250-year old tree, Zawmmoon Matyan Monastery, Naung Tong Lake, traditional Shan lacquer ware production facility, Wat Zom Kham pagoda, and the beautiful Watin Monastery. Look out for some of the remnants of the historic town, including parts of the old city walls, the old city gate (Pa Leng Gate), and some beautiful colonial houses. We can also walk all around Naung Tong Lake and take a few pitstops at one of the many small restaurants. Keng Tung is such a lovely and peaceful town.

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